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Gilbert & George have adopted the identity of ‘living sculptures’ in both their art and their daily lives. They began to make pictures as a way of extending the idea of living sculpture that did not require their physical presence. ‘We are there like the viewer is there’, they have said, and even in the rare circumstances where they are not recognisably included, they insist that the pictures are to some degree self-portraits. Deatho Knocko was one of their earliest large-scale works.

February 2011